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Second Stage starts in Wuhan - Sep 19, 2011

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Group E
South Korea - Uzbekistan 106-57
South Korea posted the fourth straight win at the Asian Championship. They coasted past Uzbekistan to improve at 3-0 record in Group E. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) delivered 21 points to lead the charge. Uzbekistan fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Korea marked their ambitions early. They poured in 30 points in the starting period to take a 19-point lead. The margin just kept on growing in the second term. South Korea secured a comfortable 52:24 halftime advantage. They kept Uzbekistan at bay throughout the third term. South Korea established a 74:37 advantage with one quarter remaining. Uzbekistan dropped 20 points in the fourth term but it did not help as South Korea easily matched the effort scoring 32 and celebrating victory. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) provided 20 points, while Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) added 16 points for the winners. Evgeniy Shatrov (192-G-86) answered with 11 points for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) and Aleksandr Yahin finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Malaysia - Iran 36-121
Iran demolished Malaysia at the start of the second round of action at Asian Championship. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) accounted for 20 points each to pace Iran to 3-0 record in Group E. Malaysia on the other hand slipped at 0-3 record. Iran erupted for 34 points in the opening frame to take a 20-point lead. Iran limited their opponents to just 9 points in the second stanza to establish a massive 56:23 halftime lead. Iran opened the second half on a stunning 19:3 rally to clear off. They never slowed down afterwards marching to a comprehensive win at the end. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) delivered 18 points, while Mahdi Kamrani added 13 points and 8 assists in the victory. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) responded with 13 points for Malaysia. Chee Li Wei had 8 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon - Taiwan 58-60
Taiwan opened the Second Round of Asian Championship with a narrow victory one ambitious Lebanon. Chen Hsin-An (198-F/G-80) scored 15 points to lead the charge. Lebanon ensured the better start. They were up 11:5 midway through the opening quarter. But Taiwan erased the deficit and posted a 16:13 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout close second term before Chien Chia-Hung (197-F-87) made it 30:30 at the interval. The teams stayed neck and neck in the third quarter as well. Jean Abed El Nour (198-F/G-83) capped the term with a three-pointer and drew thing level at 50. Taiwan finally cleared off to a 60:55 distance however Akl and Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) dragged Lebanon within two points 58:60 with just over a minute to go. The teams went scoreless in the reminder of the battle as Taiwan ran away with a narrow win at the end. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for Taiwan. Lu Cheng-Ju (194-F-86) netted 10 points in the loss. Samuel Hoskin responded with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Lebanon. Jean Abed El Nour posted 12 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Jordan - Philippines 64-72
Jordan and Philippines struggled for the second win in Group F of the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Philippines showed their character and trailing in the majority of the game, grabbed 72:64 win. Jordan started the game with 9-2 run and had 20:11 lead after the first 10 minutes. They kept the opponents scoreless for the first five minutes of the second quarter and had 24:11 lead. The teams went to the lockers at 31:26, while the second half belonged to Philippines. They needed 21-16 in the third quarter to tie the game at 47:47 after three quarters and then grabbed the victory due to 25-17 in the last stanza. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) erupted with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) scored 14, while Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) netted 11. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) delivered 18 points in the losing effort, while Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) posted 16. Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) collected 10 points and 12 boards, while Abdallah AbuQoura (203-C-84) had 7.

Japan - United Arab Emirates 101-61
Japan registered another victory at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They rolled past UAE to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) stepped up with 17 points to lead the effort. Japan started the game with a stifling defence. They limited UAE to just 9 points in the opening quarter taking a 6-point lead. Japan exploded with 41 points in the second term boost the margin to as many as 30 points 56:26. Things went smoothly for the Japanese team afterwards. They controlled the tempo and eased to an 80:43 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Japan never slowed down in the fourth period and rallied to the victory at the end. Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Takumi Ishizaki contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) answered with 14 points for UAE. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) had 13 points as UAE fell at 0-3 record in the ladder.

Syria - China 71-90
China improved to 3-0 record in Group F at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. The favorites outscored Syria 90:71 to keep them winless with 0-3 record. The host opened the game with 10-2 lead and improved to 24:10 after the first 10 minutes. China led 31:18 after 15 minute and enjoyed 47:28 at the halftime. Syria actually started to play better in the second half and matched well the Chinese squad. The latter managed to add 23-21 in the third quarter, while Syria won the last period 22-20. China scored 16 Fast Break Points, while their opponents only 2. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Su Wei scored 14. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) delivered 9 and Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) as well as Zhang Bo added 8 apiece. Deep Giannis replied with 16 points in the losing effort.

13-16 places
Indonesia - Bahrain 85-62
Poedjakesuma and Sitepu combined for 50 points to edge Bahrain at the Asian Championships. Indonesia overcame Bahrain 85:62 in the Classification Round for 13-16 places. Bahrain shocked the opponents with 10-0 run and kept them scoreless for the first five minutes. Moreover the underdogs enjoyed 17:12 after the first 10 minutes of the game. It looked that Indonesia started to wake up and only 1-point lead remained on the board with 5 minutes left in the half. After 24-17 in the second period Indonesia grabbed 36:34 halftime advantage. In the rest of the game they managed to dominate the court. Indonesia won the third quarter 17-11 and added 32-17 in the last period. Poedjakesuma Andi paced all the winners with 32 points and Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) scored 18. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) delivered 17 points in the losing effort. Al Tawash Husain scored 11 and Abdulrahman Ghali (197-C-88) added 10.


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Asian Championships Standings
Group E
 1. Iran 5-1 
 2. Philippine. 5-1 
 3. Japan 4-2 
 4. Palestine 3-3 
 5. India 3-3 
 6. Hong Kong 1-5 
Group F
 1. China 6-0 
 2. S.Korea 4-2 
 3. Lebanon 3-3 
 4. Qatar 3-3 
 5. Jordan 3-3 
 6. Kazakhstan. 1-5 
Group Places 13-16
 1. Taiwan 3-2 
 2. Singapore 1-4 
 3. Kuwait 1-4 
 4. Malaysia 0-5 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Sakakini, PAL22.4 
 2. Singh, IND21.7 
 3. Abu-Shamala, JOR21.5 
 4. Johnson, QAT21.1 
 5. Blatche, USA17.8 
 6. Youngblood, USA17.4 
 7. Legion, USA17.3 
 8. Yi, CHN16.7 
 9. William, PHI16.7 
 10. Hiejima, JPN15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Sakakini, PAL12.6 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.9 
 3. Goh, SIN10.4 
 4. Ponomaryov, KAZ9.4 
 5. Singh, IND9.2 
 6. Blatche, USA9.2 
 7. Davis, USA9.0 
 8. Yi, CHN8.8 
 9. Abu-Shamala, JOR8.5 
 10. Abbas, JOR8.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6
 1. Qahwash, PAL6.0 
 2. Vishesh, IND4.8 
 3. Yang, KOR4.7 
 4. Johnson, USA4.5 
 5. Guo, CHN4.0 
 6. Arakji, LEB3.6 
 7. Johnson, QAT3.3 
 8. Kim, KOR3.2 
 9. Hiejima, JPN3.2 
 10. Youngblood, USA3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Dong-Geun YANG
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Yang, KOR2.4 
 2. Cho, KOR2.3 
 3. AlSaeid, KUW2.0 
 4. Abbas, JOR2.0 
 5. Kamrani, IRI2.0 
 6. Legion, USA1.9 
 7. Abu-Shamala, JOR1.8 
 8. Vishesh, IND1.8 
 9. Hiejima, JPN1.8 
 10. Qahwash, PAL1.8 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. Zhou, CHN2.0 
 2. Davis, USA2.0 
 3. Lee, KOR1.9 
 4. Zaghab, JOR1.4 
 5. Singh, IND1.3 
 6. Abdel Rahman, KUW1.3 
 7. Yi, CHN1.2 
 8. Haidar, CAN1.1 
 9. Blatche, USA1.1 
 10. Bawji, LEB1.1 
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